WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A jury has recommended death for two men convicted of gunning down a family of four along Florida's Turnpike to settle a drug debt.
The federal jury said Tuesday that Daniel Troya and Ricardo Sanchez Jr., both 25, should be executed. The sentence marks the first federal death penalty recommended in Florida since Congress reinstated it in 1988.
The men were convicted March 5 of killing Jose Luis Escobedo, 28, his wife, Yessica Guerrero Escobedo, 25, and their two young sons. Their bodies were found along Florida's Turnpike in October 2006.
District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley will formally sentence the men at a later hearing.